Advanced English Speaking Topics

In this lesson, we’ll be looking at 9 advanced English topics with 10 questions each to discuss with advanced English learners.

These questions are really helpful if you want your students to talk freely and think in a logical way.

I am happy to share the topics/questions I have been using to get people talking, build fluency and make connections.

Sports and Athletic Achievements:

What’s your favorite sport to watch or play, and what do you enjoy most about it?

Can you share a memorable sports moment that you witnessed or participated in?

How do you think sports contribute to personal development and character building?

Have you ever attended a major sporting event? What was the atmosphere like?

Can you recommend a sports documentary or film that left a lasting impression on you?

What’s one sports achievement or record that you find particularly impressive?

How do you think sports can promote social cohesion and unity within communities?

Have you ever been inspired by a professional athlete’s story or journey? What resonated with you?

What role do sports play in your daily routine or lifestyle?

Can you share a sports-related goal or aspiration you have for the future?

Mental Health Awareness and Coping Mechanisms:

How do you prioritize your mental health and well-being in your daily life?

Can you share a coping mechanism or self-care practice that helps you manage stress?

What’s one misconception about mental health that you wish more people understood?

Have you ever sought professional help or therapy for mental health challenges? How did it impact you?

Can you recommend a book or resource on mental health awareness that has helped you or someone you know?

How do you support friends or loved ones who may be struggling with their mental health?

What’s one small step individuals can take to prioritize their mental health, even in busy times?

Have you ever experienced stigma or discrimination related to mental health? How did you respond?

What role do you think society plays in promoting mental health awareness and reducing stigma?

Can you share a mantra or affirmation that helps you stay resilient during difficult times?

Diversity and Inclusion in Various Contexts:

Why do you think diversity and inclusion are important in workplaces and communities?

Can you share an experience where you felt included or valued because of your diversity?

What steps can organizations take to foster a more inclusive and diverse environment?

Have you ever witnessed or experienced discrimination based on race, gender, or other factors? How did it impact you?

Can you recommend a book or film that addresses issues of diversity and inclusion effectively?

How do you navigate conversations about diversity and inclusion with people who may have different perspectives?

What role do you think education plays in promoting diversity and fostering empathy?

Have you ever participated in diversity training or workshops? What did you learn from the experience?

How can individuals be allies for marginalized communities in their everyday lives?

Can you share a success story or example of a community that has embraced diversity and inclusion effectively?

Volunteer Work and Community Involvement:

What motivates you to volunteer and give back to your community?

Can you share a rewarding experience you’ve had while volunteering?

How do you find volunteer opportunities that align with your interests and skills?

Have you ever organized or led a volunteer project? What challenges did you face?

Can you recommend a cause or organization that you’re passionate about supporting through volunteer work?

How do you think volunteerism contributes to building stronger communities?

What advice would you give to someone who wants to start volunteering but doesn’t know where to begin?

Have you ever participated in a volunteer trip or service project abroad? What did you learn from the experience?

How do you balance your volunteer commitments with other responsibilities in your life?

Can you share a memorable interaction or connection you’ve made while volunteering?

Economic Trends and Financial Literacy:

What’s one economic trend or development that you find particularly interesting or concerning?

Can you share a personal finance tip or strategy that has helped you manage your money effectively?

How do you stay informed about economic news and financial trends?

Have you ever made a major financial decision or investment? What factors did you consider?

Can you recommend a book or resource on financial literacy that has helped you improve your money management skills?

How do you teach children or younger generations about the importance of financial literacy?

What role do you think financial education should play in school curriculums?

Have you ever faced financial challenges or setbacks? How did you overcome them?

What’s one common misconception about personal finance that you’d like to debunk?

Can you share a long-term financial goal or milestone you’re working towards?

Personal Growth and Self-Improvement Strategies:

What’s one area of your life that you’re currently focusing on for personal growth, and why?

Can you share a self-improvement habit or routine that has had a positive impact on your life?

How do you set and track progress towards your personal development goals?

Have you ever faced a challenge that led to significant personal growth? What did you learn from it?

Can you recommend a book or podcast that has inspired you to pursue personal growth?

What role do affirmations or positive thinking play in your self-improvement journey?

How do you overcome self-doubt or limiting beliefs when striving for personal growth?

Have you ever sought guidance from a mentor or coach to support your personal development efforts?

What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone who wants to start their journey of self-improvement?

Can you share a recent accomplishment or milestone that you’re proud of in your personal growth journey?

Family Traditions and Heritage:

What’s one family tradition that holds special meaning for you, and why?

Can you share a favorite childhood memory that involves a family tradition?

How do you celebrate holidays or special occasions within your family?

Have you ever traced your family’s heritage or genealogy? What did you discover?

Can you describe a traditional dish or recipe that has been passed down through your family?

What’s one cultural or religious tradition from your family’s heritage that you continue to practice?

How do family traditions contribute to a sense of belonging and identity?

Have you ever adapted or modernized a family tradition to better suit your current lifestyle?

What’s one value or belief that your family has instilled in you through its traditions?

Can you share a future tradition that you hope to establish within your own family?

The Impact of Social Media on Relationships:

How do you think social media has changed the way we form and maintain relationships?

Can you share a positive experience of how social media has strengthened one of your relationships?

How do you navigate challenges or conflicts in relationships that arise from social media use?

Have you ever felt pressured to present a certain image or lifestyle on social media? How did it affect your relationships?

Can you recommend a digital detox or social media break as a way to improve relationship dynamics?

What boundaries do you set for yourself regarding social media use in your relationships?

How do you show appreciation or affection for loved ones in a digital age dominated by social media?

Have you ever had a misunderstanding or miscommunication with someone due to social media interactions?

What role do you think authenticity plays in maintaining genuine connections on social media?

Can you share a lesson you’ve learned about relationships from observing social media behavior?

Ethical Dilemmas and Moral Values:

What’s one ethical dilemma you’ve faced in your life, and how did you navigate it?

Can you share a value or principle that guides your decision-making in difficult situations?

How do you reconcile conflicting moral values or ethical beliefs?

Have you ever had to compromise your values for the sake of a greater good? What was the outcome?

Can you recommend a book or movie that explores complex ethical dilemmas effectively?

What role do empathy and compassion play in ethical decision-making?

How do you approach conversations about morality and ethics with people who have different perspectives?

Have you ever been in a situation where your personal values conflicted with societal norms or expectations?

What’s one ethical issue or cause that you’re passionate about advocating for?

Can you share a moral lesson or insight you’ve gained from facing an ethical dilemma?

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